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Hospice relies on help from the community

January 27, 2003|By TARA REILLY

The Hospice of the Panhandle provides home care for people living with progressive, life-ending diseases.

Marketing and Development Director Kathie Campbell said Saturday a lot of the care is given to people who are unable to pay for care.

Hospice care includes staff and volunteer visits, supplies, medicines, medical equipment and 24-hour on-call help for emergencies.

It also provides bereavement services at no cost to hospice families and others who are coping with the death of a loved one.

"We really depend on the community to help make up that difference," Campbell said. "We've never turned anyone away from hospice for the inability to pay."

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All donations to Hospice of the Panhandle are used to serve residents of Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

For more information, call Executive Director Margaret Cogswell at 304-264-0406 or 1-800-345-6538 or go to the Web site www.hospiceotp.org.

- Tara Reilly

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